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Chimneys, Flues and Vents (for fireplaces, gas water heaters or heat systems)
Chimneys, flues and vents funnel the by-products of combustion from your furnace, wood stove, water heater or fireplace to the outside of your home. Traditionally, these ventilation outlets were located on the roof, but in newer homes you'll also see some of them on the side of the house.
The safety of your family depends on the chimneys, flues and vents working correctly. If any of these ventilation shafts is clogged, dangerous carbon monoxide and other gasses can back up into your home. In addition, a chimney that hasn't been cleaned regularly may be lined with soot, making the chimney a fire hazard. The inspector will check to see that these ventilation shafts are placed properly and that they are clean and in good working order.